Since the 1950’s approximately 63% of traditional orchards have been lost from England. Commercial apple growing requires high density of low growing high cropping bushes not really orchards.In 2016 the opportunity arose for us to develop a community orchard. An orchard should not be just a place to grow fruit but an area where we can relax, play, work and even learn, almost an open air community hall. Barwick-in-Elmet’s orchard is located in Beckside on the southern end of the village, a peaceful wooded area by the side of the stream. Newly planted the orchard is still very much a work in progress but given time will have healthy crops of a variety of Apples, Pears, Plums, Cherries even Walnuts and Sweet Chestnuts. There will also be soft fruits.
Plan for Orchard – Click for PDF version